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MIA MICHAELS | JAZZ TRAINEE PROGRAM

Locations: New York City and Frisco, Texas

NEW Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program

MIA MICHAELS has dedicated her life to dance.
She has now partnered with the Joffrey Ballet School to create her own Elite Dance Training program. The purpose of this program is to create well rounded talented dancers that can compete in any industry to work, win and pursue their dancing dreams.

Part Time Mia Trainee
Dancers train Monday though Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily and from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. The program trains passionate dancers to hone their skills to the highest level and be the best in the dance world.

Full Time Mia Trainee
Dancers train Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm daily. The program is four years in length however the majority of dancers find full time employment by the end of year two or year three.

WHY BECOME A TRAINEE?

NEW YORK CITY

FRISCO, TEXAS

This is a very simple answer. If you wish to have a career in dance, choreography and or dance instruction then there is simply no better place to train. You will be instructed, guided and mentored by the top working professionals in the industry. There is no other environment that will provide you that level of training. Come and train in our new Frisco, Texas location, hosted at Legacy Dance Center. This location has been established to provide the same outstanding level of training and dedication as the NYC facility but in a more cost effective setting for students and parents. The tuition and housing is $18,000.00 less per year than that the NYC facility. We have flown our faculty to this location to have it staffed by our World Renowned Instructors.

Mia Michaels | Jazz Trainee Program

Artistic Director: Mia Michaels

MOVIES & TV SHOWS
So You Think You Can Dance & Step Up Revolution

AWARDS
Primetime Emmy Award

FEATURED CHOREOGRAPHY
Finding Neverland Musical

PART TIME MIA TRAINEE RATES

Hosted at Legacy Dance Center

NEW YORK CITY

New York City, NY - Tuition

Dancers Local to NYC: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$400 per month
PART TIME AFTER SCHOOL
Dancers train Monday though Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily and from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. The program trains passionate dancers to hone their skills to the highest level and be the best in the dance world.

Annual Tuition: $3,600

No International Program and No Housing Provided
No Financial Aid / Merit Scholarship Provided

FRISCO, TEXAS

Frisco, Texas - Tuition

Dancers local to Frisco: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$400 per month
PART TIME AFTER SCHOOL
Dancers train Monday though Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily and from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. The program trains passionate dancers to hone their skills to the highest level and be the best in the dance world.

Annual Tuition: $3,600

No International Program and No Housing Provided
No Financial Aid / Merit Scholarship Provided

CLICK TO REGISTER - PART TIME

Performance Fee

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$600 per year

($300 per semester)

FULL TIME TUITION AND HOUSING RATES

NEW YORK CITY

New York City, NY - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$7527 per sem (additional $1000 per sem for International)

US Citizen Annual Tuition: $15,049.00

International Annual Tuition: $17,049.00

New York City - Housing

All Students: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$9,000 per sem

Single
$9,000 per sem
Annual:
$18,000

Double Extra Large
$8,000 per sem
Annual: $16,000

Double Large
$7,750 per sem
Annual: $15,500

Double Medium
$6,750 per sem
Annual: $13,500

Double Small
$6,500 per sem
Annual: $13,000

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly Utilities
$600 – $700

Yearly RA Fee
$675

Housing FAQ's

850 West End Ave Dormitory

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The West End apartment complex is conveniently situated on Manhattan’s trendy Upper West Side neighborhood. Located right in between Central Park and the Hudson River, you can find the lovely Riverside Park, Broadway, many restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and so many other great attractions nearby to round out this wholesome neighborhood. The building is only a quick stroll to various modes of public transportation, including the 1 & 3 trains, which have stops right next to the Joffrey Studios, Steppin’ Out Studios & Pearl Studios.

The building consists of single, double & triple rooms. The rooms have their own bathrooms. Double & Triple rooms will have bunk beds and all rooms will have a wardrobe and dresser. Each room has a stove top & cube refrigerator. A freezer & microwave are available in the basement. The building also has an elevator and laundry facilities on site. Wireless Internet is provided. The building is air conditioned and each room has individual temperature control. The building was just remodeled in 2014.

Joffrey Resident Advisors will live onsite and be available to assist students at all times. For our younger students RA’s will be available to travel with students between the dormitory and the studio. There is 24hr security at the front door and all students have keycards to access the building.

Housing Refund Policy

All housing paid to the school is non-refundable after it has been paid regardless of whether the program in question has begun. By registering for the program you are committing yourself to the full rental costs for the school year. Upon withdrawal you will be liable for the remaining balance. There is only one exception to this policy. If a new student is able to fill the vacancy then the remaining balance due from when the new student moves in will not be charged.

FRISCO, TEXAS

Frisco, Texas - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$4,999 per sem

Annual Tuition: $9,998.00

No International Student Program

Frisco, Texas - Housing

All Students: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$2,025 per sem

Double Extra Large
$4,050 per year

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly Utilities
$600 – $700

Yearly RA Fee
$675

Housing FAQ's

The Legends of Legacy

The Legends of Legacy.

These apartments are townhouse style apartments that have been fully renovated. These apartments are 3 bedrooms with approximately 1800 sq feet of space for dancers. This apartment will be fully furnished and is .3 miles from the training facility.

Feel free to take a virtual tour of the apartment by visiting:  http://www.legendsatlegacy.com/virtual-tours.asp

Housing Refund Policy

All housing paid to the school is non-refundable after it has been paid regardless of whether the program in question has begun. By registering for the program you are committing yourself to the full rental costs for the school year. Upon withdrawal you will be liable for the remaining balance. There is only one exception to this policy. If a new student is able to fill the vacancy then the remaining balance due from when the new student moves in will not be charged.

Performance Fee

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$600 per year

($300 per semester)

Registration Fee

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$75 New Students

($300 per semester)

International Visa Fee

New York City Trainee Only
$100 New Students

($50 returners)

Registration Application Fee

All Students
$150 per student (will go towards first month’s tuition)

(Refundable $50 if decided not to join)

FULL TIME REGISTRATION, FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT

Simple Steps To Become A Trainee

STEP 1: COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

2017/2018 Full Time Trainee Registration Form,
Financial Aid & Merit Scholarship Application

STEP 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

Only applicable for New York City Full Time Trainee
US Citizens (Will graduate from High School by 9/1/17)

Applicable for New York City and Texas Full Time Trainee
All Other Students

General FAQ's

This Jazz & Contemporary division at the Joffrey Ballet School is geared toward those dancers who want to focus their training on Jazz and Contemporary styles of movement, while incorporating a wider knowledge of Classical Ballet training and Modern dance.

Students are exposed to a diverse range of styles from both past and present. The student’s attention will be focused on body awareness and creativity to prepare them for careers in education, performance, and choreography in Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance.

Students will be encouraged to embrace and explore a broad range of material that will help each of them develop his or her individual voice as an artist in this evolving art form. The curriculum will consist of both technical and academic/creative classes designed to fully prepare students for careers in dance, dance education, and choreography. Classes will be offered in various styles of Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Modern, Contemporary Modern, Modern Partnering, Choreography, and Improvisation. Practical application of the curriculum will be exhibited in performance opportunities, which include a Spring and Winter performance, and in choreographic workshops. This is a unique program that provides the most diverse training in Jazz and Contemporary dance available in the country.

The program prepares artists for the competitive working world of dance in the fields of Concert dance, Broadway shows, Commercial industrials, and National and International tours. The trainee programs are advanced, pre-professional level programs. They prepare the students for a professional career by undergoing rigorous technical training Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, rehearsals and performances, choreographic study, mentoring, and the individual evaluation of each student. Each program meets the needs of students ranging from 14 to 22 years of age.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Tuition includes all classes offered to trainees at the school. Trainees are required to take a minimum of 15 classes per week, but they may take an unlimited number of classes (up to 17 additional) for the same tuition payment. Workshops and lectures are often included; however, some require an extra fee depending on the costs incurred by the School to support them. Students are awarded significant scholarships, grants, loans, work-study amounts by the Joffrey Ballet School and the federal government. Below is a sample of program pricing and is subject to change year-over-year.

Payment Plans are setup through the financial aid department. We offer Monthly, Quarterly, and Semi-Annual Plans. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and one month prior to the program start date or your enrollment date.

US Citizens (Will graduate from High School by 9/1/17)
Only Applicable to NYC Trainee

All Other Students
Applicable for New York City and Texas Trainee

The Joffrey Ballet School provides over $500,000 in merit scholarships, financial aid grants & federal funds to its students every year.

Merit scholarships are awarded solely by the discretion of the artistic staff. New students are evaluated through their audition material and if they attend our summer intensive our artistic staff evaluates them for the duration of their time with us. Returning students are always being considered for merit scholarships by the artistic staff. Merit scholarships are re-evaluated every year of attendance and there is no guarantee they will carry over if the student hasn’t maintained a high standard during the year. Summer merit scholarships do not carry over to the fall. The merit application must be submitted every year in order to qualify.

Joffrey financial aid is determined solely by the student’s financial situation. Applications must be fully completed and submitted for evaluation prior to the beginning of the school year. Joffrey financial aid can only cover tuition costs. Federal loans are available for those who qualify and they can be put towards housing costs.

For more information on financial aid & merit scholarship procedures please email us below or contact Nancy Cole, financial aid administrator, at ncole@joffreyballetschool.com

  • “Day in the Life” of a Ballet Trainee

    8:30am – 10:00am
    Ballet Technique

    10:15am – 11:15am
    Pointe or Men’s Class

    11:30am – 12:45pm
    Lunch

    12:45pm – 1:45pm
    Anatomy

    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Ballet Repertory

    3:45pm – 5:15pm
    Rehearsal/Performance Studies

  • “Day in the Life” of a Jazz Trainee

    9:00am – 10:30am
    Ballet Technique

    10:30am – 12:00pm
    Contemporary Technique

    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Anatomy

    2:30pm – 4:00pm
    Theater Dance

    4:30pm – 6:00pm
    Performance Studies

  • Monday - Friday

    Dancers study Monday through Friday with 29 hours of dance classes per week and additional rehearsal hours per week.

    The days and weeks are challenging and will require dancers to be dedicated and disciplined. Dancers will be transformed by our working professionals into the dancers of tomorrow.

The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself on providing our students with several opportunities to perform. Being a part of a production provides the critical real-world experience necessary to begin a professional dance career. Students perform to sold-out venues in New York City.

Rehearsals are intense and will drive you to your own personal level of perfection. Performing is a key element in any dancer’s experience, knowledge, and pre-professional training.

The casting is determined by the Artistic Director who bases his decision on talent, experience, and the level of training achieved, but everyone will be given a role and/or an opportunity for an understudy position.

Ballet Trainee Program

Students will have an abundance of opportunities to perform. These opportunities will include an In-Studio performance of class work (October), The Nutcracker (December), a Student Choreography Workshop (February), and the Spring Performance (May). Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community. Students of the Joffrey Ballet School are coached in and perform the works of our founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, and the Petipa repertoire, among many others.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Our annual Spring performance offers a mixed bill that covers a wide selection of dance styles and eras. From the works of Petipa, to Robert Joffrey, to current NYC Dance Artists, the concert is meant to display the versatility in training and artistry for which Joffrey Ballet School is known. Located in the picturesque Florence Gould Theatre on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Spring performance is a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and dedication.

Ballet Trainees are required to participate in our annual Spring performance. Rehearsals begin in the second term, immediately following the Student Choreography Workshop.

Jazz Trainee Program

Students will have an abundance of opportunities to perform. These opportunities will include various Student Choreography Shows, and the Spring/Winter Performance (May). Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Student Choreography Workshop: This workshop is an opportunity open to all year-round Trainees to learn about the intricacies and challenges of producing choreography. Students are mentored by both faculty and choreographers who help to develop, refine, and rehearse their work. Students are provided with the opportunity to further explore and develop choreographic and performing talents, as well as elements of production. Students are responsible for creating their own work, casting dancers, rehearsing, and costuming. Students may choose to choreograph their own piece or assist another student in developing his or her work. This is an invaluable experience for every dancer.

As a continuation of their classroom technical study, students participating in this workshop will deepen their artistic voice as they experiment with a variety of stimuli to create dance. In addition, they will refine their understanding of the elements and skills of both technique and composition. The Student Choreography Workshop provides a stable foundation from which the student is encouraged to take risks in order to gain knowledge of themselves and others as multi-leveled individuals and artists. They are encouraged to awaken all the senses through a thorough awareness of the body, in communication with the mind. Students are mentored by the Artistic Staff, working one-on-one with our faculty each week leading up to an in-house studio performance.

Loan Info:

Domestic Students: Loans for Schooling.

At the Joffrey Ballet School we know that funding your child’s training can be a large financial strain. We try our best to help our students through financial aid grants & work study. These loans are available to students whose parents are American Citizens

Tuition Solutions: Loans up to $40,000
Elements Financial: K-12 Tuition Loan
Elements Financial: Signature Tuition Loan

Taking out Loans:

After you have received your award letter from us:

If this is your first year taking out student and/or parent loans you must also complete the following:

Students:
✔ Sign Master Promissory Note
✔ Complete Entrance Counseling

Parents (if a Plus loan is being taken out)
✔ Sign Master Promissory Note
All of the above can be completed at the following website: www.studentloans.gov

You are not obligated to take out any loans that have been offered to you. You can take out any amount up to the maximum amount shown in your award letter. If your parents want to take out a parent plus loan a credit check must be run and passed.

Educational FAQ's

Jazz Trainee Program

Students will be encouraged to embrace and explore a broad range of material that will help each of them develop his or her individual voice as an artist in this evolving art form. The curriculum will consist of both technical and academic/creative classes designed to fully prepare students for careers in dance, dance education, and choreography. Classes will be offered in various styles of Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Modern, Contemporary Modern, Modern Partnering, Choreography, and Improvisation. Practical application of the curriculum will be exhibited in performance opportunities, which include a Spring and Winter performance, and in choreographic workshops. This is a unique program that provides the most diverse training in Jazz and Contemporary dance available in the country.

The program prepares artists for the competitive working world of dance in the fields of Concert dance, Broadway shows, Commercial industrials, and National and International tours. The trainee programs are advanced, pre-professional level programs. They prepare the students for a professional career by undergoing rigorous technical training Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, rehearsals and performances, choreographic study, mentoring, and the individual evaluation of each student. Each program meets the needs of students ranging from 14 to 22 years of age.

The Joffrey Ballet School curricula for the Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program is divided into 5 sections. Students take 28 to 32 clock hours of classes per week depending on the semester. The total clock hours for the entire program is 4,352 which the student has four to six years to complete.

The four-year program consists of Ballet Technique, Modern & Contemporary Techniques, Improvisation & Composition, Theater Dance, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Dance History, Mentoring & Career Planning, Health & Nutrition, Anatomy, Music and Performance Studies.

The Jazz & Contemporary Dance Techniques section consists of 2 components, which are:

  • Modern
  • Jazz/Contemporary

This totals 1,224 clock hours.

The Ballet Dance Techniques section consists of 1 component, which is:

  • Ballet Technique

This totals 1,020 clock hours.

The Allied Dance Studies section consists of 4 components, which are:

  • Improvisation/Composition
  • Theater Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Street Jazz

This totals 1,088 clock hours.

The Allied Theory Studies section consists of 3 components, which are:

  • Dance History
  • Mentoring/Career Planning and either Health & Nutrition
  • Anatomy or Music.

This totals 459 clock hours.

The Performance Studies section consists of:

  • Rehearsals
  • Performances

This totals 561 clock hours.

Attendance for all classes, both technique and academic, is compulsory.  Students who have already attained an equivalent credit may apply for advanced standing, determined at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Teachers evaluate the students both throughout the year (the Progressive Assessment), and at the end of each Semester (the Final Assessment), using a system consisting of a graded letter A to F.

The Progressive Assessment throughout the year is based on a range of criteria including attendance and participation, group discussions and involvement, work ethic, and general standard and progress.

The Final Assessment is based on a written essay, a written or oral test, and a classroom presentation, and the students have to achieve various course objectives.  Some courses require the student to be assessed in front of a panel of instructors.

The Progressive Assessment and the Final Assessment marks are mixed in the ratio of 60% to the Progressive Mark, and 40% to the Final Assessment Mark.

The grades are assessed as follows:

Grade Percentage Description
A 90%-100% Work of an outstanding standard. Showing exceptional written, oral and comprehension skills.
B 80%-89% Work of a very high standard. Showing higher than average written, oral and comprehension skills.
C 70%-79% Work of a high standard. Showing potential for increased written, oral and comprehension skills.
D 60%-69% Work of a medium standard. Showing average written, oral and comprehension skills.
F 59% and below Work of a low standard. Showing poor written, oral and comprehension skills.

Students at risk of failing are identified early, and are counseled. Students are encouraged to seek a progress report from their classroom teacher at any time through the Semester. Each student receives a list of the expected competencies which they need to gain at the end of the course, and a clear expectation of results is articulated. Students who do not achieve a grade D or higher do not pass.

The Joffrey Ballet School faculty meets regularly to discuss students’ needs and progress, and each student will receive career counseling. In addition, students are provided with evaluations and one-on-one meetings with the Artistic Director during each semester.

Evaluations will include assessments of technical progress, focus, comprehension of concepts, application, and retention of corrections, work ethic, performance quality, and attendance.

We recognize the need to be mentored and guided beyond corrections and conversations with faculty. When training at the Joffrey Ballet School, you are assigned a mentor to assist you in your numerous career decisions, as well as to guide you through your day-to-day life.

The mentors are dancers themselves with over fifteen years of professional dance experience. You will be assigned a mentor within the first few weeks of attending the program.

New York City

The School has a Health & Wellness office run by a Health & Wellness Coordinator, Tia Feather.  Tia assists with all nutrition needs, illness, counseling referrals and deals with injuries on campus.  She is available to discuss any health issues which student mays need information or advice on.

Unusual Pain/Injury
If you are having any unusual pains or you are concerned about an injury please speak to your instructor. If your instructor feels that you need to see a doctor or physical therapist please come to Health and Wellness office on the fourth floor for a list of doctor suggestions. You may also call the Harkness Center to set up an appointment on your own at 212.598.6022 or you may reach out directly to your health insurance company for a list of covered providers. We advise dancers to seek medical treatment from doctors with a specialty in treating dancers.

Supportive Shoes for City Life
Please try to wear sneakers or supportive shoes when walking around the city, especially if you are not used to walking on NYC pavement (it is very hard). If you do wear flip flops or open toed shoes make sure any blisters or open cuts are covered so they do not get infected.

Hydration 101
Stay Hydrated! Please drink water during class at appropriate times, on your breaks and after classes. Snack healthfully throughout the day to keep your energy up and get plenty of sleep.

Warm Up and Stretch
Do not forget to put extra time aside for warming up and stretching each day. Remember, your muscles should be activated and warm prior to stretching. You should be warm and stretched before classes begin for the day to prevent injury and maximize performance.

Preventive Tip for Your Feet
Please always cover your feet or dance shoes when walking in the hallways or dressing rooms. Please use the handrail and do not run on the stairs.

Texas

The School has a Health & Wellness office run by a Health & Wellness Coordinator, Tia Feather.  Tia assists with all nutrition needs, illness, counseling referrals and deals with injuries on campus.  She is available to discuss any health issues which student mays need information or advice on.

Unusual Pain/Injury
If you are having any unusual pains or you are concerned about an injury please speak to your instructor. If your instructor feels that you need to see a doctor or physical therapist please come to Health and Wellness office on the fourth floor for a list of doctor suggestions. We advise dancers to seek medical treatment from doctors with a specialty in treating dancers.

Hydration 101
Stay Hydrated! Please drink water during class at appropriate times, on your breaks and after classes. Snack healthfully throughout the day to keep your energy up and get plenty of sleep.

Warm Up and Stretch
Do not forget to put extra time aside for warming up and stretching each day. Remember, your muscles should be activated and warm prior to stretching. You should be warm and stretched before classes begin for the day to prevent injury and maximize performance.

Preventive Tip for Your Feet
Please always cover your feet or dance shoes when walking in the hallways or dressing rooms. Please use the handrail and do not run on the stairs.

PERFORMANCES

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Spring 2017
Fall 2017

Jazz Trainee - Winter Concert

These concerts provide the Trainee with the opportunity to work closely with New York City’s most well established choreographers and artists.

The Trainee is exposed to a diverse range of choreographers and their unique processes.  Rehearsals are intensive in nature, challenging the dancer to explore their artistic and technical range.

2016 choreographers have included Timothy Edwards, Peter Pucci and Angelica Stiskin. Previous years: Kevin Wynn, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Donald Byrd, Daniel Gwirtzman, Ryan Daniel Beck, Rena Butler, John Leggio, Manuel Vignoulle & Peter Yuen.


Billboards Too!

Performance Dates: Sunday, January 29th | Times: 4pm & 7pm

Location: 
salvatore-caperzio-theaterSalvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
126 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
www.peridance.com

General Ticket Price: $45 | Student Price: $20
Tickets available at the door, cash only.

Billboards Too! features the diverse range of the Jazz & Contemporary Trainees and The Joffrey Ensemble with the choreography of Timothy Edwards, Peter Pucci and Angelica Stiskin.